Mycteria americana


Common Names: Wood stork, wood ibis
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Storks


The adult is a large bird which stands 33 to 45 inches tall and spans 58 to 71 inches across the wings. It appears all white on the ground, with blackish-gray legs and pink feet. In flight, the trailing edge of the wings is black. The head is dark brown with a bald, black face, and the thick downcurved bill is dusky yellow. Juvenile birds are a duller version of the adult, generally browner on the neck, and with a paler bill. The bare head and the long bill, which can measure up to 10 inches in length, render the wood stork distinctive from other large waders in its range.

Found in open wetlands, marshes and swamps.

As of June 26, 2014 it is classified as a threatened species by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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